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« on: August 13, 2007, 02:54:09 PM »

People use "AAA" to describe big new titles, but where did it come from?  I never hear anyone call movies "AAA" or books, cars, whatever. I actually saw it tagged next to the names of games on some shopping sites when I was buying PS1 games - "Gran Turismo AAA", for example.




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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2007, 03:19:32 PM »

Minor League Baseball.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2007, 03:22:08 PM »

Originally it was supposed to be just A, but the person dictating it stuttered  icon_wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2007, 03:28:51 PM »

That's a good question Teggy. I first stated noticing the 'A' review terms on game sites about 10 years ago. I'm not sure what the origins of it are either; just that I use it myself. From the best of my understanding, here's how the A's work in comparison to percentile and descriptive review systems:

AAA = 90 - 100% (outstanding)
AA   = 80 - 90% (excellent)
A     = 70 - 80% ( good to very good)

Others may equate different percentiles, in fact I've heard some forum members at Gamespot argue that AAA is for the range of 85 - 100%.
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2007, 03:53:42 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2007, 04:13:33 PM »

Bra size for creepy waif-thin models.
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2007, 05:06:27 PM »

Quote from: Farscry on August 13, 2007, 04:13:33 PM

Bra size for creepy waif-thin models.

or the small chested sister of that prostitute on mars.
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2007, 06:40:59 PM »

Quote from: unbreakable on August 13, 2007, 03:19:32 PM

Minor League Baseball.

Sheesh...I can't believe I forgot about how A's are used in classifying minor league baseball. It makes sense that this is probably where the game ranking term comes from.
Something I've noticed about the A ranking system is that gamers use it to conveniently eliminate games from play consideration; i.e unless a game has a ranking of good or better - 'A' - it's not considered worth playing which is why no one ever discusses 'A-' quality games. like all of us here, any long time gamer has had their fair share of shovelware and truly crappy dissapointments. So being able to quickly classify a game as being of play worthy quality does come in handy. I've noticed this system is quite similar to the bronze, silver and gold rankings that GT uses.

Quote from: Farscry on August 13, 2007, 04:13:33 PM

Bra size for creepy waif-thin models.

Yeah well...you can go tell my Lvl 50 Elf mage with an AAA size bust that she's creepy! I take no responsibility for her response. smile
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2007, 06:44:16 PM »

MORE IS BETTER!!!!!!! ITS LIKE OMGZZZ AAA+++ DOUBLE-PLUS GOOD!!!

when the goal is to exceed, i suppose excess is good
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2007, 12:54:35 AM »

I give this thread a AA.
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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2007, 03:35:42 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2007, 03:48:01 AM »

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« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2007, 05:29:44 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2007, 07:26:59 AM »

Quote from: Dimmona on August 14, 2007, 05:29:44 AM

Have you ever bought eggs before?

human or chicken?
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2007, 01:02:12 PM »

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Have you ever bought eggs before?

human or chicken?

That WASN'T caviar, was it? WAS IT?!!
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« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2007, 03:26:20 PM »

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Have you ever bought eggs before?

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That WASN'T caviar, was it? WAS IT?!!

would it make you feel better if I said it was?
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« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2007, 04:01:25 PM »

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DD?

Now in my book, DD is great, so long as they aren't sagging past the belly button.
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« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2007, 04:10:37 PM »

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Quote from: CeeKay on August 14, 2007, 03:48:01 AM

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DD?

Now in my book, DD is great, so long as they aren't sagging past the belly button.

yeah, 'Cross your Gut' bras aren't very hot.
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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2007, 07:14:56 PM »

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Quote from: CeeKay on August 14, 2007, 03:48:01 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 14, 2007, 03:35:42 AM

Like, not even.
DD?

Now in my book, DD is great, so long as they aren't sagging past the belly button.

Bellybutton? Cripes man, they're not supposed to be lower than the rib cage. Anything lower constitutes a pair of pendulums.
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« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2007, 12:38:28 AM »

Quote from: Purge on August 14, 2007, 07:14:56 PM

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Quote from: unbreakable on August 14, 2007, 03:35:42 AM

Like, not even.
DD?

Now in my book, DD is great, so long as they aren't sagging past the belly button.

Bellybutton? Cripes man, they're not supposed to be lower than the rib cage. Anything lower constitutes a pair of pendulums.

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« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2007, 05:17:24 AM »

Quote from: Purge on August 14, 2007, 07:14:56 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 14, 2007, 04:01:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 14, 2007, 03:48:01 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 14, 2007, 03:35:42 AM

Like, not even.
DD?

Now in my book, DD is great, so long as they aren't sagging past the belly button.

Bellybutton? Cripes man, they're not supposed to be lower than the rib cage. Anything lower constitutes a pair of pendulums.

I didn't have access to the hardware to do a fact check on my post.
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« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2007, 01:44:36 PM »

See, to me--and I don't know what the original intent of the term was--it has NOTHING to do with how good a game is and everything to do with the budget of the game, size of the development team, amount of marketing emplyed by the publisher, etc. So you could have a full bells and whistles gets a huge marketing push AAA game that sucks (I'm sure we can all cite examples).

Quote from: kronovan on August 13, 2007, 03:28:51 PM

That's a good question Teggy. I first stated noticing the 'A' review terms on game sites about 10 years ago. I'm not sure what the origins of it are either; just that I use it myself. From the best of my understanding, here's how the A's work in comparison to percentile and descriptive review systems:

AAA = 90 - 100% (outstanding)
AA   = 80 - 90% (excellent)
A     = 70 - 80% ( good to very good)

Others may equate different percentiles, in fact I've heard some forum members at Gamespot argue that AAA is for the range of 85 - 100%.
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« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2007, 01:48:32 PM »

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Quote from: CeeKay on August 14, 2007, 03:48:01 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 14, 2007, 03:35:42 AM

Like, not even.
DD?

Now in my book, DD is great, so long as they aren't sagging past the belly button.

Bellybutton? Cripes man, they're not supposed to be lower than the rib cage. Anything lower constitutes a pair of pendulums.

I didn't have access to the hardware to do a fact check on my post.

google image search, do you use it?
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« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2007, 02:36:47 PM »

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Quote from: unbreakable on August 15, 2007, 05:17:24 AM

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Quote from: CeeKay on August 14, 2007, 03:48:01 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 14, 2007, 03:35:42 AM

Like, not even.
DD?

Now in my book, DD is great, so long as they aren't sagging past the belly button.

Bellybutton? Cripes man, they're not supposed to be lower than the rib cage. Anything lower constitutes a pair of pendulums.

I didn't have access to the hardware to do a fact check on my post.

google image search, do you use it?

I did a search on 'dd'.  It wasn't as exciting as you'd think, even with safesearch off.
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« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2007, 02:37:30 PM »

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« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2007, 04:21:00 PM »

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you first.

I'm at work. And I don't work for those guys who drive around in a van picking up ugly stupid girls with high libidos and low standards.
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« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2007, 05:22:59 PM »

Quote from: Misguided on August 15, 2007, 01:44:36 PM

See, to me--and I don't know what the original intent of the term was--it has NOTHING to do with how good a game is and everything to do with the budget of the game, size of the development team, amount of marketing emplyed by the publisher, etc. So you could have a full bells and whistles gets a huge marketing push AAA game that sucks (I'm sure we can all cite examples).

That may have been what the original intent of 'AAA' was a decade ago, but on just about every game site I frequent 'AAA' is now used to refer to a game of outstanding / superb quality. The general consensus in most gaming forums seems to be that you can't consider a game 'AAA' until official game reviewers have awarded it a score that would at least make it a contenter for GOTY honors.
I only started seeing references to 'A' and 'AA' quality about 5 years ago, so it's likely those terms are newer.
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Quote from: unbreakable on August 14, 2007, 04:01:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 14, 2007, 03:48:01 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 14, 2007, 03:35:42 AM

Like, not even.
DD?

Now in my book, DD is great, so long as they aren't sagging past the belly button.

Bellybutton? Cripes man, they're not supposed to be lower than the rib cage. Anything lower constitutes a pair of pendulums.

I didn't have access to the hardware to do a fact check on my post.

google image search, do you use it?

I did a search on 'dd'.  It wasn't as exciting as you'd think, even with safesearch off.

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Quote from: CeeKay on August 15, 2007, 02:38:56 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 15, 2007, 02:37:30 PM

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you first.

I'm at work. And I don't work for those guys who drive around in a van picking up ugly stupid girls with high libidos and low standards.

Sounds like someone needs a career change!
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you first.

I'm at work. And I don't work for those guys who drive around in a van picking up ugly stupid girls with high libidos and low standards.

Sounds like someone needs a career change!

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you first.

I'm at work. And I don't work for those guys who drive around in a van picking up ugly stupid girls with high libidos and low standards.

Sounds like someone needs a career change!

+ forever.

I hear Bangbus is hiring.
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« Reply #32 on: August 16, 2007, 07:11:54 PM »

I've seen their interview process.

It's their bread and butter.
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« Reply #33 on: August 16, 2007, 08:09:09 PM »

If Snoop Dog stopped doing "Girl Gone Wild", there might be another opening!
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« Reply #34 on: August 17, 2007, 05:03:27 AM »

Quote from: Purge on August 16, 2007, 07:11:54 PM

I've seen their interview process.

It's their bread and butter.

i hear it's full of cracks that you can just slide right on in to.
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